Chinese Crocodile Lizard

Shinisaurus Crocodilurus

Scientific Name

Chinese Crocodile Lizard:  
Shinisaurus Crocodilurus

Distribution and Habitat

Geographic Range

The Chinese crocodile lizard can be found throughout parts of China and Vietnam.

Natural Habitat

The Chinese crocodile, a semi-aquatic species, inhabits pools of shallow slow moving water covered by vines and vegetation.

Physical Characteristics

  • The Chinese crocodile lizard varies in color greatly though has a 2 distinct enlarged ridges of scales running down to the ends of their tail.

Quick Facts

  1. The Chinese crocodile lizard is known to many as “lizard of great sleepiness” due to its lengthy and frequent “metabolic pauses.”


Amphibian and Reptile Center

Conservation Status

Critically Endangered: The Chinese Crocodile Lizard is facing an extremely high risk of extinction in the wild.

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The Chinese crocodile lizard consumes primarily tadpoles, insects, and caterpillars. Individuals in human care may be fed baby mice.